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Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall (2016)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Music | 24 January 2016 (USA)
A look at the life of the late pop star Michael Jackson from his early days at Motown Records to the release of his hit 1979 album, Off the Wall.

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Spike Lee
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Michael Jackson ... Self (archive footage)
Jackson 5 ... Themselves (archive footage)
Berry Gordy ... Self
Suzanne De Passe ... Self
Katherine Jackson ... Self
Valerie Simpson Valerie Simpson ... Self
Steven Manning Steven Manning ... Self
Joe Jackson ... Self
Marlon Jackson ... Self
Jackie Jackson ... Self
Joe Vogel Joe Vogel ... Self
Scott Osborn Scott Osborn ... Self - TV show host (archive footage)
Lee Daniels ... Self
Sammy Davis Jr. ... Self (archive footage)
Leon Huff Leon Huff ... Self
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A look at the life of the late pop star Michael Jackson from his early days at Motown Records to the release of his hit 1979 album, Off the Wall.

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References Ben (1972) See more »

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I Can't Help It
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Written by Susaye Greene and Stevie Wonder
Performed by Michael Jackson
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A wonderful documentary on the Michael Jackson I knew and loves!
20 August 2016 | by noelani54See all my reviews

I've watched this about ten time, now. The Jackson Five was big when I was in high school and I loved the songs they did in the very early 70s. I love how this addresses how mature he was, as a child, and how he was so eager to learn and instinctively knew things that it took most adult artists years to learn. He was amazing, and in interviews, he always seemed so nice, and to enjoy what he was doing, immensely.

I love the fact that this documentary ends before what I think of as the artificial Michael Jackson started to come out. That part is so unspeakably sad that I can't stand to watch anything about it. I don't really think saying that is a spoiler, since the title says that it only goes through "Off the Wall".


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